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USA Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Market Statistics and Analyses Report 2024: US-based MNOs Join Alliance to Develop 6G -

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Licensees making use of acquired spectrum to improve 5G services

The pandemic encouraged the Federal government to increase its investment in broadband infrastructure. Of particular note was the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of November 2021, which provided $65 billion to a range of programs aimed at delivering broadband to unserved areas, providing fibre-based broadband to upgrade existing service areas, and subsidising the cost of services to low income households.

Alongside these fiscal efforts have been the several spectrum auctions undertaken during the last two years, which have greatly assisted the main licensees to improve the reach and quality of their offers based on LTE and 5G. Some of this spectrum, auctioned during 2021, was only made available to licensees from February 2022.

The widening availability of 5G from the main providers AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile US has resulted in a dramatic increase in mobile data traffic. In tandem with the focus on 5G, operators have closed down their GSM and CDMA networks, and have either closed down 3G networks (as AT&T did in January 2022), or plan to in coming months.

Given the size of the US broadband market, and the growing demand for data on both fixed and mobile networks, there is continuous pressure for operators to invest in fibre networks, and to push connectivity closer to consumers. In recent years the US has seen increased activity from regional players as well as the major telcos and cablecos.

Although there has been considerable investment in DOCSIS4.0, some of the cablecos are looking to ditch HFC in preference for fibre broadband. The process of migrating from copper (HFC and DSL) to fibre is ongoing, but given the scale of the work involved it will take some years yet. Some operators have investment strategies in place through to 2025, which will see the vast majority of their fixed networks being entirely on fibre. Service offerings of up to 2Gb/s are becoming more widely available as the process continues.

Key Developments:

  • Altice USA begins process of rebranding Suddenlink under the Optimum banner;
  • T-Mobile US closes down legacy CDMA network, AT&T shuts down its 3G network;
  • FCC auctions spectrum in the 2.5GHz, 3.45GHz, 3.7GHz bands;
  • AmArica MAvil completes sale of TracFone to Verizon;
  • US-based MNOs join alliance to develop 6G;
  • SpaceX wins $885 million in federal subsidies to expand Starlink in the RDOF auction;

Companies Featured

  • AT&T
  • Verizon
  • Sprint Corporation
  • T-Mobile US
  • TracFone
  • MetroPCS Communications
  • Leap Wireless
  • Frontline
  • Alltel
  • US Cellular
  • Clearwire
  • Google
  • CenturyLink
  • Qwest
  • Frontier Communications
  • Windstream
  • Fairpoint
  • Cincinnati Bell
  • Comcast
  • HughesNet
  • ViaSat
  • Altice USA
  • SpaceX
  • Lumen

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